Who can benefit from Near Field Communication technology?
Any kind of business or organisation that deals with mobile workers, equipment, and inventory. In the security sector it can be used as a guard tour monitoring system. In health care it can be used to track nurse visits, monitor patients, and control access to certain rooms and equipment. Retail merchandising can save a lot of time and paperwork by using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
Any organisation that employs mobile workers that need to efficiently manage their workforce can easily monitor employee tasks and locations. In almost every industry, inventory and supply chain management is pertinent for cost control, and the ginstr NFC apps makes it easy to track the ins and outs of almost any asset.
How does NFC (Near Field Communication) work?
NFC is simply a set of short-range wireless technologies, typically requiring a distance of 20 cm (7.5 inches) or less depending on the application. There are two ways this can work: use the phone as an NFC-TAG or use the phone to read NFC-TAGs. An NFC-TAG can take any shape or form and can attach to almost any surface. This TAG can contain information about the tagged location, object, or task associated with it. Then use the NFC-tracker to manage all of the retrieved information. Combine smartphones, NFC-TAGs, the NFC-tracker software, and some creativity and you have countless options on how to use this system to improve the operations of your organisation!
What is the difference between NFC and RFID?
NFC is built upon existing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and takes RFID one step further. Earlier RFID-TAGs could only be read, an example of one-way communication. The new generation of RFID, called NFC-TAGs, can also communicate information. Common RFID bands include 125/134 KHz, 13.56 MHz, and 868/915 MHz, while NFC generally operates on the 13.56 MHz band only.
What are the advantages of an NFC tracking system?
Unlike GPS devices, NFC-TAGs and NFC-capable smartphones do not require GPS reception. This means tracking can take place where GPS signals do not normally reach (e.g. inside buildings). NFC-TAGs can be as small as a grain of rice and can take any shape or form, which means an asset of any size can be tracked. These NFC-TAGs are inexpensive and all you need is an NFC-capable smartphone to read them, making this the most affordable, efficient, practical, and sophisticated tracking system in the market today.